A Choice of Formats: The 1960 Jet Silhouette Stamp
This airmail stamp is almost identical to the 1958 version—with a key difference. The 1958 stamp was sky blue, and was often missed by mail sorters. To solve the problem, Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield declared all airmail stamps were to be printed in “fire red.” The sheets of the red 1960 stamp shown here illustrate the different layouts for each major stamp format—panes, booklets and coils.
Printing for Panes
7¢ 1960 Jet airmail stamp, press sheet for panes. Outline indicates one pane.
7¢ 1960 Jet airmail stamp, full pane
Printing for Booklets
7¢ 1960 Jet airmail stamp, press sheet for booklets. Outline indicates one booklet pane.
7¢ 1960 Jet airmail stamp, booklet cover. Cover price reflects the extra cent charged for stamp booklets until 1977.
7¢ 1960 Jet airmail stamp, booklet pane.